Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Marsden Jazz Festival awarded national arts grant

Marsden Jazz Festival has been awarded a national arts grant to help it raise its profile and secure new income from private donors. It is set to receive £30,000 from Arts Council England’s National Lottery Funded Catalyst Small Grants scheme to develop new fundraising opportunities for the annual event, (which costs up to £150,000 to stage each year). The festival was set up in 1992 to support local businesses and bring visitors to Marsden and it still does that today, with around 10,000 gig attendances every year.

Over 150 hours of live music takes place in the village during the second weekend of October each year, including over 70 free gigs, with local school bands performing alongside international jazz superstars. The festival recently received national recognition on BBC Radio 3 when Jazz Now presenter Soweto Kinch described it as ‘one of the UK's most adventurous jazz festivals’ during the broadcast of a 2017 gig.

Barney Stevenson, Artistic Director at Marsden Jazz Festival, said:
“We’re delighted to have been selected for this Catalyst grant by Arts Council England and hope it will help spread the word about what we think is the country’s best jazz festival.

“Marsden comes alive with the sound jazz every October and the village’s location in the heart of the Pennines, along with its historic community buildings, makes it the perfect location for live jazz.

“We’ve been really grateful for the support Kirklees Council has given to the festival over the years, but the current economic situation means we need to find new private funders to ensure the festival’s future.”

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